Alumna (Doctoral Researcher)

Karen Lebek is a doctoral researcher at IRI THESys. In 2013, she graduated in geo-ecology at the University of Potsdam. The focus of her studies was on modelling in hydrology. She worked as a student collaborator at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. In November 2013, Karen joined IRI THESys. She is part of the research group “Hydrology and Society”, led by Tobias Krüger.

Research Interests

  • Water Security and Household Water Insecurity
  • Domestic Rainwater Harvesting
  • Effects of Climate Change and Land use Change on Streamflow

Selected Publications

Lebek, K., Krueger, T. 2021. Conventional and makeshift rainwater harvesting in rural South Africa: exploring determinants for rainwater harvesting mode, International Journal of Water Resources Development

Lebek, K.; Twomey, M. and Krueger, T. 2021. Municipal failure, unequal access and conflicts over water: A hydrosocial perspective on water insecurity of rural households in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Water Alternatives 14(1): 271-292 

Dapilah, F.; Østergaard Nielsen, J.; Lebek, K. and D’haen, S. A. L. 2021. He who pays the piper calls the tune: Understanding collaborative governance and climate change adaptation in Northern Ghana. Climate Risk Management 32 (2021): 100306

Rangecroft, S.; Rohse, M.; Banks, E. W.; Day, R.; Di Baldassarre, G.; Frommen, T.; Hayashi, Y.; Höllermann, B.; Lebek, K.; Mondino, E.; Rusca, M.; Wens, M. and Van Loon, A. F. 2021. Guiding principles for hydrologists conducting interdisciplinary research and fieldwork with participants. Hydrological Sciences Journal 66(2): 214-225

Lebek, K.; Senf, C.; Frantz, D.; Monteiro, J. A. F. and Krueger, T. 2019. Interdependent effects of climate variability and forest cover change on streamflow dynamics: a case study in the Upper Umvoti River Basin, South Africa. Regional Environmental Change 19 (2019): 1963–1971

Conway, D.; Archer van Garderen, E.; Deryng, D.; Dorling, S; Krueger, T.; Landman, W.; Lankford, B.; Lebek, K.; Osborn, T.; Ringler, C.; Thurlow, J.; Zhu, T. and Dalin, C. 2015. Climate and southern Africa’s water–energy–food nexus. Nature Climate Change 5(9):837-846

Frieler, K.; Meinshausen, M.; Golly, A.; Mengel, M.; Lebek, K.; Donner, S. D. and Hoegh-Guldberg, O. 2012. Limiting global warming to 2 °C is unlikely to save most coral reefs. Nature Climate Change 3(2):165-170


Social Media

Find Karen on Twitter and ResearchGate.